Do you hate the thought of Monday morning sales meetings? Do you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed, let alone fight your way through traffic, hoping you won?t be late?
When I first started my?sales career, I belonged to the?group of sales reps who had to drag themselves to every sales meeting. Once the sales meeting had finished we were the salespeople?who?headed to the local coffee shop to bury our sorrows over a cappuccino or a danish.
It hadn't always been like that, initially I had been full of enthusiasm. I had been offered a position that had the potential to provide an unlimited income. But as time moved on my lack of experience resulted in me struggling to make enough sales each week. With every knock back, my confidence started to give way to negative thinking.
Having worked at that company for six months, I found every day a struggle to be on time. Feeling sorry for myself, those sessions in the coffee shop allowed me to vent my disappointment with my colleagues.
The day my sales career turned around ...
Today, I learnt that one of my favourite quotes is not quite correct.
Misquotation: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
The correct quotation is from Thoreau's Walden:
?I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness."
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By the time I arrived, there were already 70 small business people mingling in small groups.
As I met my friend at the entrance to the Telstra shop, he commented on the many people swapping business cards hoping to meet someone that may lead to some new business.
My friend said, ?I hope you brought enough business cards. It will take us quite a while to work through this crowd.?
I turned to my friend and handed him a copy of my latest newsletter. I knew from experience that I needed something far more memorable and impacting than a business card when networking.